Today’s Technology Tip will help you navigate your way through the various folders and windows on your Microsoft desktop.
Some common terminology you should be familiar with:
- DESKTOP: The opening screen when you turn on your computers. It probably looks something like this:
- ICONS: The little pictures that represent files or programs. Here are some sample icons:
Shortcut to Word: Shortcut to GradeQuick:
A Word Document:
- MY COMPUTER: The desktop icon from which you can navigate your way through the various drives, folders and files on your computer.
The “My Computer” Icon:
- FOLDERS: The basic organizational structure in Microsoft Windows. Like a giant filing cabinet your computer uses folders to organize everything in it. Here are some sample folder Icons:
You might notice that your icons and folders might look different than the ones pictured above. When ever you open a folder (by double clicking the left mouse button) a new window opens to show you what is in that folder. You can change how the icons (files) are displayed. Here’s how:
1) Open a folder, any folder.
2) Every window has the following “Bars” at the top:
The Title Bar tells you the name of the folder you are in. In this example the title bar tells you that you are in a network drive called "X:"
Each word on the Menu Bar gives you a drop down menu of options.
The Tool Bar offers you shortcuts for common tasks
The Address Bar tells you which folder you are in and also offers you a way to access other folders. If you click the triangle on the Address Bar you can see a drop down list of other folders and pathways to them:
3) To change the view click on the word “View” on the menu bar and select a new view from that list. Each view has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you are looking at a folder full of pictures you might want to use the “Thumbnail” view so you can see what each picture looks like. If you are trying to clean out your C: drive you might want to use the “Details” view to find the largest files so you can delete them first. Here are some sample views of the same folder: